The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., sends along his prepared remarks, which he is making right now via satellite from Clearwater, Fla.
"Congressional leaders have made progress in their negotiations, and appear close to a deal that would include these principles," Obama will say, after outlining his principles for the Wall Street bailout bill. "President Bush addressed some of these issues last night, and I’m pleased that Sen. McCain has decided to embrace them, too."
Little dig there.
He follows it with a challenge for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to appear at the first presidential debate tomorrow night at Ole Miss.
Tomorrow, Obama says, he will "travel to Oxford on Friday for the first of our presidential debates. Our election is in 40 days. Our economy is in crisis, and our nation is fighting two wars abroad. The American people deserve to hear directly from myself and Sen. McCain about how we intend to lead our country. The times are too serious to put our campaign on hold, or to ignore the full range of issues that the next President will face. "